As mainly concrete thinkers, kids ""speak"" more often through play than talk therapy. Kids are drawn to play, though adults have trouble understanding what they are trying to communicate. Play Therapy Basics is designed for clinicians seeking to enhance their skills and intervention strategies for working with ages 3-10. The learner will acquire knowledge about the benefits of using play, how to use play effectively, and various types of play. Participants will review various interventions, practice using the skills in the training, and learn of various diagnostic situations play heals.


This course is geared for professionals at the basic, intermediate, advanced and clinical levels.


At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:\n

  • Understand how to use play in a therapeutic setting.
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  • Give 3-5 empathetic statements appropriately.
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  • Understand the history of play.
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Beth Lewis is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, holding credentials as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and a Trust Based Relational Intervention Practioner (TBRI), and holds a certification in Child Centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy. Beth has spent the last twenty years working with children and in various ways, ranging from childcare to teaching and most recently therapy. Currently, Beth works at as the Associate Clinic Manager, transitioning from an outpatient clinician role in Jessamine county, overseeing a little over 20 therapists and their caseloads. She is a graduate of Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, where she concentrated in child development, and a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, where she is completed a masters in Marriage and Family Counseling. She provides trainings on play, trauma and family dynamics.


Claire “Beth” Lewis, MA, LMFT, RPT, TBRI Practitioner

  • 9:00am-9:15am- Introductions and Overview
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  • 9:15am-12:00pmPlay and a child's development\n*\tBrain development and functioning\n*\tPlay's effectiveness and various diagnosis play can work with\n*\tAPT and history of play in therapy\n*\tIndirect and direct play
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  • 12:00pm-1:00pm- Lunch
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  • 1:00pm-3:00pm- Indirect Play\n*\tHistory of indirect play\n*\tEmpathy, understanding and practicing it\n*\tFraming the play sessions and various stages\n*\tLimits and communication\n*\tCommunication with parents
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  • 3:30pm-4:15pm-Direct Play\n*Resources\n* Interventions
  • \n* Practice Play\n
  • 4:15pm-4:30pm\n*Wrap Up, Questions, Evaluations
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    Live Course Information

    All participants will receive their certificates of completion within 7-10 business days after the conclusion of the workshop.

    Course Duration

    8 hours and 0 minutes


    Play Therapy Basics 10.25.19

    10/25/2019 at
    09:00 AM EST
    10/25/2019 at
    05:00 PM EST
    Training Resource Center
    1500 Bull Lea Road, Suite 195
    Type:Live Course
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